Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I Caught a Glimpse

I received a package in the mail today.
I couldn't imagine what it was.
I hadn't ordered anything.
I opened it with much anticipation.
It's a Beautiful Book.
A Lovely Book.
Vivien Maier
"Out of the Shadows"
"It's the start of the day
Ginko leaves dot the sidewalk.
Sneakers sit by the front door.
Gardening gloves wait, and
tomatoes ripen on the windowsill.
The children are off at school as
Vivien Maier surveys the world
with her camera in the
early morning light."
"She was a humanist in the best tradition,
she showed real life, and that's so difficult to do."
 --Mary Ellen Mark
Still not knowing who this lovely book came from, I immediately sat to devour it.
Vivien Maier 1926-2009
 "An amateur photographer whose work has thrilled the world since it's discovery..."
On looking at the precious few photographs represented of reportedly more than a hundred thousand,
I was surely thrilled.
I admire her photographic style.
The people and places in her photographs are nothing short of fascinating.
An esoteric set. Made in a completely different era.
Times have changed.
Personal and societal changes.
Styles, architecture, attitudes, and cameras.
Vivien Maier was virtually unknown for her work as a photographer.
Very few of her photographs "were seen by others during her lifetime.
--carefully tucked away in bedrooms, basements, and garages of homes where she was
a live-in caregiver.
Eventually she had to move her possessions into storage.
At the time, she was impoverished, living on her own
in a small apartment not far from the storage facility.
When she fell behind on the monthly payments, she was notified that her belongings
would be sold, but she failed to respond.
The contents of her lockers-truckloads of trunks and boxes filled with newspapers, magazines and personal effects, as well as her photo negatives, slides and undeveloped rolls of film; were purchased in 2007 for $250.00 by a Chicago auctioneer."
I was inspired, to say the very least.
I put on my 50mm and started shooting, with my own black and white series in mind.
(please click on the first photograph to view all photos large.)
Kevin, Thank You so much, for the book.
I love it and will treasure it always.

 Flowers in the Hall

 A boy


 A Corner in Time

"The Day the Music Died"
© 2013 Deborah Flowers Photography and West Coast Exposure
I hope you get a chance to view her work.
Thank you for viewing mine.
You can see more of my work at
and on my facebook pages and 500px and flickr.


  1. nice blog.Thanks for sharing these great picutres with us.
    Steve Borsuk

    1. Thank you so much Steve.
      I appreciate your views and kind words of encouragement.